Welcome to Ustica
Ustica's surrounding waters – protected within Area Marina Protetta Isola di Ustica (Island of Ustica Protected Marine Area) – are kept sparkling and clean by an Atlantic current, resulting in an underwater wonderland of fish and coral. In fact, the reserve is host to half of the marine species present in Mediterranean waters.
Palermitans flock here in July and August, so consider visiting in June and September to enjoy its natural assets without the crowds. Note that between October and Easter most of the island's services close down during the week and ferry services from the mainland can be cancelled in bad weather.